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Orientation and Mobility Skills, Outcome Expectations, and Employment for Youth with Visual Impairments: Findings from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2

  • Author(s): Cmar, Jennifer Lynn
  • Advisor(s): Kasari, Connie L
  • et al.

Identification of factors associated with positive transition outcomes for youth with visual impairments is essential in developing an understanding of this population's low employment rates. The aim of this study was to investigate factors associated with post-school employment outcomes in a nationally representative sample of youth with visual impairments through secondary analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2. Multiple logistic regression analyses were conducted to investigate the probability of future employment based on independent travel skills and outcome expectations. Results indicated that youth with higher ratings on community travel skills were more likely to be employed up to 6 years after high school, and youth with higher outcome expectations were more likely to be employed up to 8 years after high school.

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